Netflix’s ‘The End of the World’ surprisingly good

OPINION BY ANNA BOWLING0

Netflix is notorious for its original shows and movies. Added on January 8th, The End of the World is no exception for the noteworthy streaming service.

The plot line follows two 17 year-olds who have very different goals. Alyssa, played by Jessica Barden, and James, played by Alex Lawther, decide to take a road trip to find Alyssa’s father who abandoned her when she was little. James, a self declared psychopath, decides he wants to kill her.

Instead, the audience finds themselves wrapped up in their love story.

Personally, I found the show rather enjoyable. The characters were relatable and their dry sense of humor made the comedy blunt and straightforward.

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Throughout the adventure, Alyssa and James find themselves in sticky situations. Alyssa finds herself almost getting arrested after stealing from a convenient store. Screenshot by Anna Bowling

“I think that it was worth making, but it was such an obscure topic to make a show about. I think that’s why it was so interesting,” says Gaby Behrns, 11.

There are currently eight episodes, and each range between 18 and 22 minutes. I was able to watch all of the episodes in one day and I found the plot continuation to be fun and entertaining, but somewhat confusing.

“I didn’t know what was going on some of the time and it was an unrealistic setting,” Behrns continues.

I think that a second season could prove that the show will bring good things, but with the cliffhanger ending, I want to see more depth within the characters as they grow throughout the episodes. Alyssa remains rather static throughout the show, and James has a total turnaround. They create a strong bond, but their decisions could be predictable.

“The ending left everyone on edge and my fingers are crossed for a second season! These teenagers faced hardships, but also love, and I want to see more of them,” says Emma Cain, 10.

While no second season has been discussed for release, the 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes looks promising for us to see more episodes.

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James and Alyssa start out on their adventure after meeting each other at school the day before. Screenshot by Anna Bowling

 

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